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In Photos: How Music Festivals Have Changed Since 1969

In Photos: How Music Festivals Have Changed Since 1969


I think it's safe to say that if you're reading this you probably love music festivals. The weekends away with your best mates, the long nights and the hungover debrief around the tent the next morning. 

But were they always this way? I took a dive back into the music festival archives to pick out a selection of photos that show just how much they've changed since the 60s. 


 
Isle of Wight Festival, 1969. Photo: Getty Images

 


Isle of Wight Festival, 1969. Photo: David Redfern / Redferns

 


Reading Festival, 1972. Photo: Flashbak

 


Roskilde Festival, 1972. Photo: Sigvar Holmer / Associated Press

 


Reading Festival, 1973. Photo: Flashbak

 


Reading Festival 1977. Photo: Flashbak

 


UK Fresh Hip Hop Festival, 1986. Photo: Universalimagesgroup / Getty Images

 


UK Fresh Hip Hop Festival, 1986. Photo: Getty Images

 


Hacienda, 1989. Photo: Universalimagesgroup / Getty Images

 


An outdoor party in Chicago, circa 1990

 


An outdoor rave in Sussex, year unknown

 


Glastonbury Festival, 2000. Photo: Martin Lucas-Smith

 


Glastonbury Festival, 2000. Photo: Martin Lucas-Smith

 


Coachella Music Festival, 2008. Photo: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

 


Glastonbury Festival, 2014. Photo: Getty Images

 


Coachella Music Festival, 2015. Photo: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

 


Tomorrowland 2018.

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